Last night was my favourite evening of the festival so far – a hugely diverse range of singing, dancing, acting and chanting. The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic, with the entire audience singing, dancing and clapping along.
The night started with the sound of drumming gradually filling the Khan Al Wakala as a band of chanting men with drums and tambourines came in.
Next there was a fantastic soloist who sang and played the piano and then a very impressive group of dancers doing a form of dabke – they demonstrated amazing stamina and seemed to be really enjoying themselves.
The next act was one of the most popular of the night, with much of the audience up on their feet. RP and Bill’s rapping both kept the audience entertained and conveyed a really important message. Numan’s breakdancing on stage during the performance showed his supreme talent at this clearly immensely difficult skill. (You can find his music videos on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWOVVBTHHyU)
“Palestine is occupied, the situation’s sickening; luckily my destiny has put me in the thick of things.”
The difficult job of following this, was taken by a one-man-play, which centred on a version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.’ where, the questions centred on political questions relating to the Palestinian situation.
Next there were two brilliant singers and the night was concluded with another fantastic dabke showing, but this time with far younger performers. The children had obviously put in a huge amount of effort and their gleeful dancing was the perfect way to end the evening.